This year’s Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival will hold a special meaning for three artists; it will serve as a bittersweet reunion between three artists, at first connected by their two distinct art forms, who became acquaintances, then friends – connected by art, music and the untimely death of a best friend.
The story begins in the second week of September in 2004, when Suzanne Connor, a fourth generation New Hampshire fiber artist specializing in contemporary hand quilting, arrived for her first Colorscape Arts Festival. Though distracted at the time by some sad events at home, Suzanne recalls her first visit to Colorscape with pleasant memories.
“I noticed the warm reception this community gives to artists, both visual and performing,” she says. “I met wonderful people, sold a few pieces, ate good food, and listened to the seemingly unending array of terrific folk musicians.”
Among the musicians present that year were the husband and wife team of Pete and Maura Kennedy. The story of Pete and Maura Kennedy’s personal and professional relationship is somewhere between fate and fairytale. They had a chance meeting in 1992 that immediately sparked a song writing collaboration, a first date at the grave of Buddy Holly, an enduring romance, and a creative partnership that radiates warmth, positive energy, and captivating music.
Suzanne was so enthralled by the Kennedy’s music and performance that she bought one of their CDs for her studio before returning home to New Hampshire.